Standing between Toronto’s Old Metro Hall building and Roy Thomson Hall, in the centre of David Pecaut Square is Bernie Miller’s impressive sculpture, The Poet, The Fever Hospital. Obscured by a large granite wall, four bronze cubes evoking television monitors are stacked nearly five metres high to form a fountain. Water flows from them down into a marble basin and into a reflecting pool below. Demanding to be viewed from all angles, the sculpture employs a variety of geometric forms and construction materials to create dynamic movement and visual interest.
Miller’s piece acts as a dual memorial, taking local history into account. The poet in question is Isabella Valancy Crawford, who stayed for a brief time in a house eventually demolished to build Metro Hall. The fever hospital refers to York Hospital, active from 1829-1856, which was also located nearby.